How did Trump become president

Children ask, the taz answers: Why did Trump become President?

Eight-year-old Marlen and 11-year-old Kilian wanted to know how Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. An attempt at an answer.

Was once an important person: Trump with wife Melanie and son Barron in the White House 2017 Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

At the beginning of November we wanted to know from children what questions they are currently thinking about. Here we answer one every week. Marlen, 8, and Kilian, 11, wanted to know how Donald Trump was ever elected President of the United States.

Even today, many adults do not have a good answer to the question. Or better: not a clear one. Most likely, one can agree that there were several reasons for the election of Trump in November 2016.

Even then, the election campaign was happening a lot on the Internet - and that's where the Russians got involved, assuming that they would have an easier game with someone like Trump, who had no political experience. Russian programmers wrote programs that pretended to be Americans on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube and found Trump's messages good. That made the approval for him look bigger.

In addition, there was a lot of fictitious messages circulating on the Internet in support of Trump's messages. American investigators later also accused Russian intelligence agents of stealing emails from Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton and her party during the election campaign that did not make Clinton look good.

But because of Russian interference alone, Trump did not become president. Hillary Clinton, who ran for the Democratic Party, did not convince many people. Some say that many Americans did not want a woman to be president.

Clinton often appeared cool when she appeared. And she had many contacts with very rich people and big banks. She had also made a lot of money with lectures. People who are not that rich and often do not know how to use what they earn to pay rent, food, clothing and school supplies for their children wondered if Clinton could understand what their problems are.

This text comes from the taz on the weekend. Always from Saturday at the kiosk, in the eKiosk, with a practical weekend subscription and around the clock on Facebook and Twitter.

Trump boasted of his big bucks and his golden tower in New York, but he also promised laid-off coal miners to bring their jobs back. Even if he later did not keep the promise - like so many - many of them chose him.

In fact, the Democratic Party used to represent the interests of people who don't have that much money and who work very hard. Today, critics say, the party only cares about people with university degrees - and that no one is discriminated against. Which is a good thing. But she would often forget the interests of white workers and people in the countryside. That is also why Trump was elected in protest.